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you know what. we're like. as in the morning and just see what. like the red. one. coming up on our t.v. u.s. forces go back to iraq as president obama ok's another round of airstrikes against isis this as the militant group threatens to raise their own flag at the white house an update on the military action just ahead. and in gaza the cease fire and hamas and israel are exchanging rocket fire once again adding to the casualties in the conflict more from gaza coming up. and international public health emergency that's what a bowl al break is now being called but can that outbreak make its way to the u.s. we sit down with a man working to end the illness later in the show. it's
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friday august eighth five pm in washington d.c. i'm manila chan you're watching r.t. america the u.s. continued its bombing in iraq this afternoon as two more airstrikes have been unleashed in erbil earlier today u.s. fighter jets dropped five hundred pound bombs in the northern iraqi region of erbil to protect american personnel in the region and push back isis militants from the kurdish regions where there is a large christian community facing threats to their lives these are the first air strikes in iraq since obama pulled all u.s. troops back in two thousand and eleven but as isis continued their advance in the region seizing mosul in june in the country's largest dam yesterday president obama has been forced to change his tune take a listen. while leaving behind a sovereign stable and self-reliant iraq the united states will not pursue military
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options that support one sect inside of iraq at the expense of another there is no military solution inside of iraq certainly not one that is led by the united states i think it's fair to say that. their extreme ideology poses a medium and long term threat there are a lot of groups out there that probably have more advanced immediate plans directed against the united states that we have to be on constant guard for directed our military to take targeted strikes against eisel terrorist convoys should they move toward the city we intend to stay vigilant and take action if these terrorist forces threaten our personnel or facilities anywhere in iraq the obama administration has said it will keep the offensive limited to air strikes with no immediate plans for boots on the ground at this point isis though tells vice media that the u.s. is cowardly if it doesn't put boots on the ground in the still image from biased
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news and isis pokes and says the fighters will raise their flag at the white house yesterday's announcement of the strikes came after the u.s. dropped relief supplies to tens of thousands of people who are sheltering from isis on a mountaintop in northern iraq so from humanitarian air drops to airstrikes the u.s. is seeing a major turn in its presence in iraq earlier i was joined by retired brigadier general david reste he's also the vice president of strategy and planning at the potomac institute i first asked him what the goals of the airstrikes were. i don't think we're going to push them out of iraq but i think the airstrikes have them and about three three our purpose is really first of all it's the push isis back on their heels second is to support the kurds and i think third it's to allow us to hopefully put a little bit of a divide between the sunni tribes and isis and now the strikes to say doesn't that
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just return the u.s. to direct combat and for the first time since the u.s. withdrew back in two thousand and eleven do you feel that we had any other option. we've got all the roxanne's and we're executing them probably they are just not making the news but the airstrikes really are the perfect answer at this point time because what isis is done is by holding ground by having tanks by being out on the open it allows us to target them and in the past groups like isis have worked underground they've been able to go back into the neighborhoods at night now all around the open so from a military perspective we can use kinetic action against targets that we can see and it is going to be very visible and back in june as you recall we saw the u.s. send about three hundred more troops into the region to help secure our personnel and the embassies there they are already there now the airstrikes are in an effort at least like you mentioned to to protect the now i am hearing eight hundred
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american troops who are there the u.s. is saying that we won't put boots on the ground whether planned or unplanned the sequence of events feels like an escalation doesn't look that way to you well i think what's happening right now is we're looking at courses of action based on the actions that are happening on the ground at this time to speculate what's going to happen in advance this is going to be a chess match back and forth this is the essence of maneuver warfare and this is what's going on the enemy makes a move you make a car move the beauty of those so as i said before as isis has brought themselves out in the open and we can hit them at this point in time and this is exactly what what they're specially her poller is a very effective and efficient at doing well in your opinion what do you think do you think that the situation could develop to the point that we will have boots on the ground in this well escalate. it is always could but the let's see what happens
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with the airstrikes let's see how isis responds and once again looking at this like like a chess match this is. going to be a very visible signal now there's one thing about airstrikes the precise nature of them is important here because isis has shown that they're very adept at the social media game and what they're going to do is if something happens and goes and goes you know a little bit off kilter they will exploit that so this is going to be a fascinating point counterpoint to to watch and observe and see how both sides react on this gotcha now let's let's have a quick look at how president obama described isis back in january in an interview with the new yorker david remnick he said this is the following he wrote the end now logy we use around here sometimes and i think is accurate is if a j.v. team puts on lakers uniforms that doesn't make them kobe bryant hell do you think
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president obama underestimated the power of i said no not at all i talked to some iraqi friends. isis is is a loosely knit group they've got some support they are they are extorting money they are stealing money they game some momentum but that momentum has come as a result of some press coverage probably here in the u.s. i think we're not giving enough credit to what the tribes are doing the sunni tribes and we've got to remember this relationship right now between the sunni tribes and isis is one that moloch he has pushed the sunni tribes into a corner where they had to make a deal with the devil when there's some space created and where there's some political maybe acknowledgement of some sunni concerns this will push isis away from those tribes couple that with the airstrikes that's the sort of things we want to watch at this point in time and i think the president had a right these guys they were just a they they were around they saw an opportunity they attracted other people who
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wanted to fight some foreign fighters maybe ten fifteen percent who knows what that percentage is but. giving him a good a good swift punch in the nose well let's see what that goes now general you mentioned something about the funding there just a second ago. from from the different. cities and towns that they have that isis has captured and they've taken over some of the tanks and some of the equipment that that the iraqi forces left behind are you hearing anything about them taking those and selling them on the black market i haven't heard that and can't comment on that sorry ok and and so if the u.s. bombed isis when iraq asked for the assistance about a month or so ago what it has helped to avoid a humanitarian crisis. hard to speculate looking back. i think the times got to be right for the united states to engage and how do we
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engage we're on the political world stage. as a leader but we've got to watch how we influence and how we lead with the power we possess so. you know the president through his advisors through general austin down at the u.s. central command is taking the actions that are warranted at the time that those actions are taken now seemed to be the time with the advice the president's getting to engage. we just got to see how this one plays out what a simple we would have done three days ago sixty days ago the tower now general isis has also gained a lot of ground outside beyond the iraqi borders well into syria well will we draw the lines of u.s. involvement at the iraqi border or could we potentially see u.s. or perhaps nato airstrikes into syria as well. oh i think the president will take the country so what's involved mel this all together look at
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a holistic response to deal with isis isis has the flexibility that the borders don't mean anything to them and they can gain some refuge in some other countries so this will all be taken and will be put off or the best course of action on how to cut them off at the knees will be will be don't work. all right thank you so much for your insight that was retired brigadier general david rieff he's also the vice president of strategy and planning at the potomac institute thank you sir thank you more violence out of gaza just shortly after the end of the seventy two hour cease fire three short days of peace broke when hamas launched rocket attacks into israel refusing to extend the truce already the israeli military says hamas has launched at least forty five missiles into the southern region of israel and israeli officials confirmed that many of those missiles did hit while three were intercepted by the iron dome israel exchanged fire killing five including
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a ten year old palestinian boy in a mosque attack bringing the death toll to nearly one thousand nine hundred palestinians largely civilians sixty seven israelis of them three civilians artie's policy earlier is in tel aviv and brings us more on the failed truth. all of this is happening as a follow on from talks in egypt that failed what we understand is that the main sticking point was a demand put put forward by him us insisting that israel lift its a.t.'s siege on gaza the situation on the ground is extremely tense both here in israel and in the west bank over the past few fridays we've seen what the masses called days of rage with clashes erupting both in palestinian cities and also kalandia checkpoint between israeli soldiers and protesters so the mood on the ground is extremely tense israeli police are on high alert and people in the west bank itself extremely concerned about what is happening inside gaza the breakdown of of this humanitarian
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truce does bad news mostly for the people of gaza where the humanitarian situation has been dying to say the least the latest figures suggest that tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed and damaged more than one hundred schools and mosques have been destroyed and damaged one point eight million gazans have been displaced and at the same time some one million gazans are without access to drinking water and that was artie's policy clear. in today's modern warfare it's often said to best him where it hurts him for the pocketbook as the world is beginning to speak out against the level of the israeli defensive in gaza the boycott divestment sanctions movement better known as b.d.s. is beginning to gain traction r.t. is a mirror david brings us the story. three small letters that could have very large implications b.d.'s stands for boycott divestment and sanctions it's
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a global movement started by palestinian groups to increase economic and political pressure on israel or its occupation of the palestinian territories now with a mounting death toll in the latest conflict in gaza and international troops talks proving weary some the campaign is now in full swing and it appears that big business could be growing more receptive latest to pull the plug on an israeli investment is soros fund management that's the office of billionaire investor george soros as first reported by the national soros recently sold the company's stake in soda stream and israeli company that operates its main factory in the palestinian west bank sources not publicly announce his reason for pulling out of the soda company but according to the national and private letters to the co-founder of the b.d.s. movement the company said it acted after pressure from soros partners in the region
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and in the world the decision follows the momentum of other investors and companies who joined the boycott over the last year last month john lewis which is one of the largest department stores in the u.k. removed all soda stream products from its stores because of growing pressure from the public until announcing that decision one of its london stores had been the site of bi weekly b.d.'s protests around the same time britain's largest trade union unite voted to withdraw from commercial support of the conflict in israel that means putting pressure on the companies involved such as the only out g four s. and sans worries the union has requested its members estimated to be over one point five million to take bolder steps over the next year to do just that additionally earlier this year norway's finance minutes. the bard is eight hundred ten billion dollar government pension the world's largest sovereign wealth fund from investing
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into israeli companies because of their alleged and volman and constructing settlements in east jerusalem b.d.s. is spreading so quickly in europe that israel's finance minister says a european wide boycott could have a huge effect on the country costing the israeli economy about five point seven billion dollars and putting ten thousand people out of work and while one eye is on europe another will have to be on the us b.d.'s saw a huge victory back in june when the presbyterian church voted to exclude three companies working in israel from its investment portfolios in response the prime minister of israel benjamin netanyahu has called this movement an outrage saying it's anti-semitic and an assault on the jewish state but netanyahu is sentiment here may not be enough to quell the movement as the conflict in gaza rages on and
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washington amir david ortiz. ukrainian police forces are working to clear out the remaining protesters at kiev's independence square reports of approximately one hundred or so people are still remaining at the square and have occupied the space for the past seven months some may know them as the maid and self-defense activists they initially laid siege to the square in protest a venue korean president viktor yushchenko which is plans to bring ukraine closer to russia and away from the e.u. and the theme of hitting nations in the pocketbook continues here as well ukraine is now threatening to block off russia's oil and gas supplies to europe they can have government had already cut off their own russian ties no longer receiving energy gas or oil from russia since the conflict ask elated but ukraine still acts as one of the conduits to how russia transports its oil and gas to e.u. nations this move will most likely hurt european countries depending on russian
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energy resources now meanwhile in the east the ukrainian military is preparing an offensive to secure their territories against the separatists are to use maria if an ocean a has more from the ground. ukraine's national security and defense council has confirmed that the army is currently preparing to regain control over the major cities in eastern ukraine it is also now confirmed by the officials of wiki of colds and detail rip the region in these parts of the country the spokesperson has said that the military will take the city send the towns of the villages street off to street building off to building without specifying which city will come first saying that it will either be dead or gone these are big cities of course with these promises from kiev to intensify the attacks that concerns are that there could be even more civilian deaths in less than four ones of the operation in ukraine more than one thousand people have already been killed ordinary civilians
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we just couple days ago visit to this city all the guns going to so very dramatic picture on the ground many have already paid to the town but to many still inside and they fly in the basements they're living under constant shelling and they are mostly women children or see and old this is the situation in ukraine and that was our correspondent maria fellowship. outbreak has now been declared an international public health emergency by the world health organization just yesterday i attended an emergency congressional committee meeting on capitol hill regarding a baller national health leaders along with those who have been on the ground in a bowl of hot spots gave chilling testimony regarding this unprecedented outbreak some notable speakers were dr tom frieden the director at the center for disease
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control dr frieden said that this outbreak is the largest ever already surpassing the total death toll of all the previous outbreaks combined he also went on to say an outbreak anywhere is an outbreak everywhere. there that's in reference to the global society that we now live in already four countries in west africa are affected by the outbreak guinea liberia nigeria and sierra leone but perhaps the most compelling testimony came from mr ken isaacs the vice president of programs for samaritans purse that's the organization that dr kent brantly works for he's the doctor who contract it a bullet in liberia and is now undergoing treatment in atlanta i sat down with ken isaacs following the congressional hearing and asked him when he thinks it might hit america. i do think a bullet will come to america at that's not a question of if it is just when. i don't think that in america we're going to
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see the death toll because we do have an excellent public health system what dr frieden said today is absolutely right we will be able to quickly isolate the disease and there are some people will get sick and some people die but you're going to see pockets you're going to see four or five or ten people you're not going to see hundreds of people i don't see that happening. two weeks three weeks two months three months it's going to be very soon this disease this pathogen. called ebola now lives in the world with us it occupies the globe with us and it's important to remember that it can move at the speed of an airplane all it takes is one person to get in an airplane and come to washington d.c. to come to new york city or los angeles or atlanta or charlotte or seattle any international airport they get off the airplane and the way the screening process works right now is they take temperature if your temperature is not above one
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hundred one point five degrees is what the c.d.c. is saying then you can't be shedding virus now you can have it but you're not contagious yet so you could get on a on an airplane and have it. but it might be three or four days before you get a fever in three or four days you'll be in another country. and if you get sick on an airplane. you could give that to dozens of people not airplane and they not even know it so i understand that there are public health measures and or stand at their monitoring at airports and i applaud that that is good but i think it is inevitable . we don't live in the fourteenth century this is not the bluebonnet clegg where we're going to build before to around the city nobody else outside that is going to happen we live in a global society people move around freely there are tens of millions of people coming into this country every day coming into russia every day coming into the european union every day and they're coming out of africa you can go to liberia today to monrovia and get direct flights the united states. the you know you can
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fly from sierra leone because report in saudi arabia that somebody from sierra leone just died of him or adjective or i wonder what that hemorrhagic fever was and then of course there's a very real example the liberian american man who flew from liberia he was told not to fly by the ministry of health and by the ministry of finance he got on the airplane he was sick. we think he was contagious when he got on the airplane he flew to nigeria stopping through let me togo and maybe another place got off the airplane he's dead two days later and you're fired yes and the nigerian public health service said there was no danger he was put into isolation he was treated properly he died it was no danger and his doctor and his physicians assistant. maybe have died by now i think the physician assistant has died the doctors tested
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positive for a bola and they have eight other people in isolation the treating i wonder what they have i've had blowback from from viewers. because i've stated that that your workers are experiencing harassment and experiencing and intimidation and that there is some danger and valas from the community can you speak about that well and for you in the northern part of liberia next to the border with guinea on july the twenty seventh we were called by the ministry of health to go collect the body so our vehicle followed the ministry of health and glass and we had the hygiene team we call it the outreach team the outreach team is dressed in the spacesuit they have chlorinated water and spray cans they have the body bags and they go collect the body and put it in the ambulance that was what we were going there for when they came up over the rise into the village it was a road block were trees have been cut down and as soon as our vehicle stopped in
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the ministry of health and one stop they mediately put a road block behind us so we couldn't go forward or backwards they drug the four men out of the ambulance they beat them they broke the windows that ambulance that took a machete and chopped one of the guys up he didn't die he lived he ran off into the bush and they set the car on fire. that was ken isaacs the vice president of programs and government relations for samaritan's purse. and before we go don't forget to tune in at nine pm for larry king now tonight's guests are actors judy greer and nat faxon here's larry asking them about some tough points in their careers it was good decision. it was for a pilot that ben stiller was directing called he vision and jack with jack black and his now wife christine taylor got the part i had to shoot for so i probably didn't do worry and have been stellar right now in this terrible and he laughed at me. i do yes i dish and i play ice hockey
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and they told me there was a commercial in the valley and they said you can ski right and i said yes and so i showed up in my hockey stuff and little did i know i got on the ice in the press play and it was the theme from greece and they said go ahead and i apparently was i do something for greece and i did not know and so i skated around in my. doing. so tonight at nine pm tonight right here on r t america and that's going to do it for us right now for more on the stories we just covered go to youtube dot com forward slash r t america and check out our website r t v dot com forward slash usa you can also follow me on twitter at manila chan have a good night. the stories we cover here we're not going to hear any other big story the answer about why there's a reason they don't want to. raise it. now let's break the
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local. t.v. . line has become a major pain in the ass thanks to the t.s.a. they've come up with a million asinine rules supposedly to keep us safer we have to take our shoes off we can't travel with snow globes anymore for real we have to put our shampoo in tiny bottles we have to go through these weird questionable full body scanners it's just ridiculous it be one thing if we all felt like the t.s.a.
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is average for keeping us safer but that's hardly the public perception and then when you hear stories like this it becomes that much more of a joke a woman without a plane ticket just waltz started into the san jose airport sordid past all the documents checkers went to the gate walked past the airline ticket collectors and boarded the plane which then took off she had no take it no one had any idea who she was or that she was even there and she just got on the plane and took off with the rest of the passengers she could have been a high ranking al qaeda member for all this thread was a airport knew all of her fellow passengers could have been in grave danger of course she wasn't an al qaeda member she was just sixty two year old marilyn hartman once the plane was in the air crew members did their routine headcount and noticed there was one more ahead on the plane so they landed the plane then los angeles where hartman was arrested according to airport security officials who
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investigated the incident hartman first bypassed a document checker while he was examining a family's boarding pass then she slid right on by. then she did the same thing at the date a family was boarding and she just walked right around them and got onto the plane of course officials are being quick to point out that she did go through the screening process for any prohibited items as if that'll make us trust in their security we can all rest assured that this completely unknown woman was not carrying more than an ounce of shampoo she was completely safe in other words according to the t.s.a. just like that little boy who climbed the fence and got into the wheel well of a plane also in san jose recently he was nothing to worry about either more than sixty billion taxpayer dollars have gone to the t.s.a. in the thirteen years of existence and yet a sixty two year old woman just waltzed onto a plane undetected in california don't worry though that.

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